Saturday, July 10, 2010

moving on

i've had enough medical stuff for a while. there will be more, but for now i have a garden to tend.

we may not have a winter garden in this year, but the little summer garden that was here is full of fine food. the broccoli and cabbage were scrawny little stalks that overwintered. we nurtured them and they have rewarded us with edible leaves and flowers. there are two kinds of kale that we planted, and potatoes and red peppers. we will have carrots galore and beets aplenty. when the broccoli and cabbage are done we can plant onions and get a crop this fall. oh. tomatoes in pots and planters too.




thanks again for your support and encouragement and wise counsel about properly recuperating. i have been comforted and humbled, in a very good way, in moments of pain or depression and in moments of exhilaration. in the morning i was to leave the hospital i walked out in the patio and the plants were vibrantly colorful, a magpie sang to me and a black cat appreciated a pet.

26 comments:

  1. gorgeous! glad your garden is caring for you, and vice versa.

    hope the worst of your surgical recovery is over now -- by which i mean, i hope it doesn't hurt much any more. getting back to full strength will take a while, but it's OK to proceed at your body's own pace. xoxo

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  2. As most of us know, the earth heals; so I think you have the right idea here.

    My garden has had a weird year. I think it's going to take some new top soil to bring it health but that will be for the fall. For now the plants are struggling with what they have to make do. One of our peppers had something cut off the leaf stems for no apparent reason. Just cut them off and left them. I voted for the gray squirrels as I blame them for everything else. My husband voted for cut worms. Whatever it was, it touched nothing else.

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  3. It's always good to read what you two are up to. You seem well again. Broccoli looks good. What are you going to do with the cabbage?

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  4. Glad to know you're old there picking off the cabbage worms and the broccoli devils again. Our garden is booming, except for the strawberries, which have had a miserable year.

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  5. Recovery is going well, but Roger still can't eat any of this beautiful broccoli or cabbage. All roughage is to be avoided, along with most of the other very wonderful things we eat everyday. So, we're learning how to cook bland foods with a flair.

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  6. I love the way you note and acknowlege the small, special moments that make up a day. The magpie, the cat. I'm so happy to live in the blog epoch and be able to share thoughts and experiences with the Bums and their friends.

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  7. can veggies at least go into broth? "bland food with flair" sounds like a good project, anyway! here's to more variety in coming weeks....

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  8. All of this vegetable talk is making me hungry. The photo too. Roger, if you can't eat them, maybe you can do what one of Don's school chums used to do. He would eat pictures of food out of magazines. Don't know how you would do that with cyber vegetables though. (o:

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  9. I'm so glad that you're home and able to do a lot of the things that make our lives feel "normal" again -- whatever that is! Getting all your strength back will take time, but as Rain has written, the earth heals. I continue to hold good thoughts for you both, Roger! Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  10. Those vegetables sure look good!

    Beautiful images of the hospital garden with magpie and the black cat.

    Gardens are where soul food comes from. A good place to be, for sure.

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  11. What via said, and I hope that you will be able to eat all your foods soon.

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  12. As ever, your vegetables are looking great. They surely are grateful for their new caretakers who know how to tend and coddle them.

    It must be torture not being able to eat the vegetables, but perhaps if you deeply inhale the scent of YUM! kale as you're eating your bland food, you might be able to fool your senses into thinking that's what you're tasting?

    It's so good to hear from you. I hope the heat has lifted in your parts and you can bask outdoors in the sun and breeze.

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  13. great photos.

    did you try milkshakes? How was it? That's a pretty yummy thing to eat!

    speaking of magpies -- there was a black and white bird with a BRIGHT red skull cap in the garden today, feeding at the seeds. I have NO idea what it is -- magpie?

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  14. so glad to hear from you here, roger. hope that you are more comfortable now. did you guys ask if you can puree or juice some of the veggies and eat them that way? the photos are gorgeous, and we are a bit envious wishing our veggies were as happy as yours appear to be.

    it's always the little things that matter. and the things we have taken for granted - boy, can we see those in a different light when the road becomes thorny. so glad you are moving through this and will be very happy when you finish with it. patience...and plenty of rest. :)

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  15. Go glad you are out in your garden and hope it will be soon that you can graduate from "bland with a flare" to that lovely cabbage.
    Be totally well soon and exercise your patience till you can work on your muscles.

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  16. so glad you are home and enjoying your garden Roger.
    life is good!

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  17. Mmmm! The crops look good~ Glad you're out and about and enjoying the beauty of the bounty!

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  18. Howsabout mashed potatoes? SO delicious! If you don't like sour cream, you can add yogurt to them for an extra tanginess.
    Things will heal.

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  19. Ow. I haven't been buy in a while. Glad to hear Roger is doing better. Take care of yourself too.

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  20. okay, so no roughage. But juicing up the cabbage, kale, and beets can only be good for the soul as well as the body.

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  21. Glad things are moving along. I hope what we can call normal returns soon.

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  22. I see I have missed a lot of news by being too busy to look at blogs. Glad you made it through the knife play and hope that you body settles down and cooperates more in the future. Good luck with gardening and living!

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  23. gardening provides healing and stress relief.

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  24. I'm so glad you're doing well, Roger. You've got just the right outlook; it's the small, lovely gifts that matter. Enjoy that garden and all that good food. Enjoy everything. You -- and Robin -- are still in my thoughts, every day.
    -Wren

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